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Is Drug Rehabilitation Necessary for Marijuana Addiction?

According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the percentage of Americans aged 12 and older with marijuana addiction in 2002 was approximately 4.3 million. By 2019, this had increased to around 4.8 million with marijuana addiction. There are different classifications of marijuana users—medical marijuana users, recreational users, heavy marijuana smokers, and marijuana users using marijuana with other drugs. Drug rehabilitation is a necessary process for marijuana addiction because, like any other mind-altering drug, it becomes addictive. The long-term use of marijuana does create physical and psychological dependence, especially with daily marijuana use.

Marijuana users do experience withdrawal symptoms and adverse psychological effects caused by THC. The withdrawal symptoms are not severe but do require detox before rehabilitation. The treatment process is different for every person, but it should begin with detox. Typically, conventional detox programs are the best option, and most traditional detox services are attached to inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation centers. Detox does not take long but is an important transition period before therapy. There are a variety of rehabilitation options across the country, such as inpatient and outpatient programs. Residential rehabilitation provides short-term and long-term treatment options—outpatient centers are traditional or intensive outpatient programs.

Typically, an addiction assessment is a good place to begin to help a family or addict locate a suitable marijuana treatment center. An assessment could be done over the phone or in-person, and it helps narrow down options. The severity of addiction would determine what method of treatment is required and the length of time needed, which is determined during the addiction assessment. Someone struggling with an addiction to marijuana would benefit from short-term or long-term residential rehabilitation. However, if the addiction is not severe, and they are still working and holding down family life, then an outpatient facility would be a good choice.

It is not always easy to convince someone with marijuana addiction; they need help, but professional intervention does make it easier. Even for marijuana addiction, family intervention works, and hiring a professional interventionist ensures the intervention is done right. Early intervention is also important and catching the drug problem before it spirals out of control makes it much easier to convince the person they need help. Substance abuse treatment is there to help a person overcome their addiction or drug problem with marijuana. Marijuana, like alcohol, is widely accepted in most parts of the country and is legal for adults in 11 states and legal for medical use in 33 states as of 2020.


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